Most people with dementia and cognitive decline are older (though younger people can be affected too). As dementia affects a person's thinking and behaviour it can have a significant impact on everyday life. Our wide-ranging research in this area includes randomised controlled trials, longitudinal studies and projects focused on prevention and intervention.

For further information on these projects, please contact Dr Anita Goh:

Promote Independence Through quality dementia Care at Home (PITCH)


NARI is involving people with dementia, family carers, home care workers, case managers and service managers in developing and evaluating a dementia-specific training program for home care workers.

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Exploring the ways art centres in remote communities can link older Aboriginal people to services under consumer directed care.


Anecdotally art centres help Aboriginal people living with dementia and other conditions associated with ageing, but integration into the service system has not been explored to date. The results will provide the government with a model which can be readily translated to approximately 90 art centres in remote community settings.

Talk2Me Technology- Enabling older people with dementia from CALD backgrounds to communicate their everyday needs


Talk2Me will explore how people with dementia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) can easily communicate everyday needs with carers who do not speak the same language. NARI’s partners are Curve Tomorrow Pty Ltd and Mercy Health.

Moving Pictures: Using film and digital media to raise dementia awareness in CALD communities


Early diagnosis of dementia is crucial to develop treatment plans, including palliative care, for families to organise their finances, and to ensure that with medication and therapies, a certain quality of life can be preserved. NARI has been sub-contracted by Curtin University to develop nine short films in conjunction with three CALD communities.

Mapping the Journey in Residential Aged Care for Residents with Dementia


Royal Freemasons has partnered with NARI to investigate new approaches to deliver consumer directed residential aged care. NARI will evaluate the enhanced care program for residential services which includes Transition Maps, an information-rich yet simple tool to map, track and coordinate a resident’s journey in care.

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